I like to try my hand at some crafts. My lasted want to has been weaving. I have posted a picture on this before, but I will show it again. I finally got my Cricket Loom together a few months back and finally got around to making a scarf with the wool yarn that came with the loom. It was only two small balls of yarn, so I had to improvise with some I had on hand and had bought to try and finish it. So it is quite a mix of yarn. It is my first project and even though I know I made some mistakes, I am pretty proud that it turned out as well as it did.





The green is the warp. The purple is the weft. I didn’t really like the wool to work with as much as the yarn I filled in to finish the scarf, but it was a good learning experience. I may work with wool again sometime, but I have to keep in mind that it is only hand wash and lay flat to dry. I do have a hand wash cycle on my washer, but I am not sure it it would twist too much. I may try it with my hat I just made on my round knitting loom and the scarf I am making to go with it. I can lay it out flat to dry.


I am not sure why the color is so different on these last two pictures. The purple in the first photo is pretty much true. The strings on the back side, or underside will be cut off after washing. Washing it is supposed to lock in the weft threads. I think that is what I have been told and read.



I do like to do some embroidery and stamped cross stitch. I have done one small counted cross stitch item. It is harder for me to count the squares.  It prefer the stamped cross stitch. I worked with a long time family friend of my mother and grandparents who liked to do counted cross stitch. She liked to do that and landscaping until she had a stroke and could no longer do these things. She did a beautiful piece for me when I was still working and was teasing her about doing it for me. I had found the picture in a craft magazine. She laughed and said, “Do you know how much I would have to charge you?!” She later came back and said she wanted to do the picutre for the challenge. If I bought the pattern only, and not the kit, she would do it for me. She said she had plenty of colors of cross stitch thread to work with. It took her two years to get it done. It was on black fabric and she said she threw away the pattern. She said she pulled out more mistakes than she ever had and would never do black material again. But she did love the challenge and it turned out beautiful. The only problem with it now is that it has a stain on it and I don’t know how to get it cleaned up correctly. I am open to any suggestions by anyone who may know about this.  I don’t even know how the stain got on there. I think I know where she got it framed, and I may have to go there and see if they can clean it up maybe. I am afraid to take it out of the frame and try it myself. I will have glass put on it the next time. My friend had said that the framer had told her not to put glass on it. After time if could break down the threads.  Unless someone was a smoker or had lots of pets in the house, it was not recommended. We don’t smoke and we didn’t have all the hairy little pets when the picture was first done. But now we have the pets and do burn a fireplace. So…..

Februaruy 1, 2015 My Counted Cross Stitch done by Carol Anne Biswell (1)

Februaruy 1, 2015 My Counted Cross Stitch done by Carol Anne Biswell (2)

I always see something I want to try. I am looking at Locker Hooking, and Tatting. Right now I am really liking the weaving and want to make some new wash cloths and dish rags. Mine are wearing out, and if I can make them instead of buying them; so much the better. I hope to post more  on crafts. I need to get back to my so many unfinished stamped cross stitch projects.  Until next time:

Stay Safe and God Bless!

11 responses to “Crafts

  1. I love hand work, but haven’t done much in years. The horse on black fabric is stunning. I can’t imagine how difficult that was. She obviously had excellent eyesight or worked under good lighting with a magnifier.

    I’m envious of your weaving loom. Your scarf is beautiful, too.

    I’ve done many pieces of cross stitch and prefer to work with dark linen. I have learned pulled work stitching. It’s amazing when used to border a finished piece of cross stitch.

    I’ve done quite a bit of “cheater’s cloth quilting. That is where you work around a patterned area, but never do piecing. I’ve never owned a sewing machine, but I’ve hand-sewn several sets of cafe-style curtains and many decorative toppers.

    Trapunto is one of my favorite hobbies. I made my daughter’s wedding ring pillow and interfaced it with a pair of pears, the theme she used throughout her decorations. Trapunto is the art of drawing a figure upon a double pieced layer of fabrics, back stitching or tight running stitches unite the material. Once the shape is fully encased between the layers, a small slit is cut between the layers. Wool or cotton is then stuffed into the same, causing a raised image. The fabric is then stitched tightly to enclose the back and cover the hole where the filler was introduced.

    So nice to find another stitcher! Enjoy that loom. Maybe I’ll get rid of my cataracts, have stronger glasses and purchase a quality magnifier and update my lighting one of these days. There’s nothing more relaxing than the art of creating. 🙂

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  2. You are a much busier than I am. I get started on something for awhile then it gets put aside. I try to get back to it. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. That’s why I have so many unfinished projects. Plus I always trying to find something easier on my hands and wrists. I have carpel tunnel, and stitching is painful at times. Weaving has been good and the loom knitting is mostly easy to do.
    I have never heard of cheater’s cloth quilting, or Trapunto. They sound interesting. I will have to do some research on them. has some really pretty things. She is from England. I enjoy her blog. You might enjoy checking her out.
    I got the loom from Amazon after signing up for a Rigid Heddle class at

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  3. Oh honey, I have half a dozen projects started. Only God knows if and when I will finish them.
    I also have carpal tunnel and rheumatoid arthritis. At night , especially during cold and humid weather, when the pain flares, I wear a wrist brace during the night. It works wonders! Advil Liquid Gels are my other friend.
    Thank you for the link. I’ll enjoy looking, I’m sure.

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  4. Yep, I should buy stock in Ibuprofen! That and Tylenol. I have wrist braces, but with my fuzzy mind I have misplaced them. I was cleaning the bedroom and set them aside. And do you think I can find them again? I need them and I have looked in the several places, many times. I think they ran away! 😀

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